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Rhetoric Rants: Feb 3, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011


According to the dictionary, justice is "the upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law".  When people think of justice, they think of "bad guys" getting what they deserve.  So if someone where to kill another person, then that person should either be locked up for an inordinate amount of time or themselves be killed.  I don't know about you, but that sounds an awful lot like revenge to me.  Even though there is no real person extracting the revenge, the entities know as society and government are the ones extracting revenge on these individuals.  Does justice really exist?  If someone where to murder your entire family, would putting them in jail get your family back?  Absolutely not!  Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that people who break the rules of society should get off scotch free.  People who break the law are making a decision, a decision that some governing body has deemed dangerous for whatever reason they see fit.  If you look at legal systems across the globe, it seems that justice can be equated to punishment.  Is justice really just a connotation of punishment, or does justice actually exist beyond legality?

P.S.  If there is anything that you guys would like me to discuss, please feel free to make suggestions.  Although I have plenty of things I could divulge on, I'd like to hear some input on what interests you.